How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is ready with these suggestions from Midland Air Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away during a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Midland Air Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Midland Air and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.